“Mogadishu” prof goes AWOL

The guys at RealClearPolitics highlight the reference to John Lee Anderson as “Peter Arnett’s understudy” in Ralph Peters’ column in this morning’s New York Post. Peters builds a good column on Anderson:“Baghdad butcher.” John Podhoretz devotes his column to the real deal: “Peter Arnett’s treason.”
Meanwhile, on the news pages, the Post goes back for another whack at the shame of Columbia: “‘Mogadishu’ professor cuts class.” The shame of Columbia allegedly fears for his life. In addition to being a traitor, you see, the guy is a coward too.
Although some students are conducting a vacuous protest on his behalf, the Post notes that one of his students declines to express her support for him: “Almost two dozen De Genova supporters gathered at 4 p.m. by a statue outside the Ivy League school’s library. The protesters sat silently near an empty chair meant to symbolize the absence of the professor. One who did not show up was Rebekah Pazmino, who attended the 2:40 p.m. class De Genova missed. The 19-year-old sophomore said she is set to enter the Marines this summer. She said she is angry at what her professor said.” One can never be entirely sure about these things, but the empty chair might also symbolize the presence of the professor on the Columbia faculty.
The Wall Street Journal carries a terrific column that will be of interest to Ms. Pazmino — let’s acknowledge her as Columbia’s pride. The Journal’s column is by Regina Herzlinger, Harvard business school professor and mother of Harvard’s pride: “My Ivy League soldier.”
Tony Blankley’s weekly Washington Times column is hilarious and smart: “Uncertainty principle goes to war.” Blankley formulates a modified version of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle to media coverage of the war: “[T]he Blankley macroscopic corollary to the Heisenberg microscopic principle: The more precisely the media measures individual events in a war, the more blurry the warfare appears to the observer. (Before any physicists e-mail me, let me assure you that I understand [sort of] that the Heisenberg principle is only noticeable in observing things smaller than Max Plank’s constant (n = 1.05 x 10 to the -34th Joule. seconds, or .000000000000000000000000000000000105), and that Heisenberg was applying his principle to wave-particle dualities